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“Chinatown SeaPunk”

Location: Chinatown, Manchester Piccadilly /Photographer: Thamanna Choudhury

Camera used: NIKON D5100/The camera on my phone

November 2015

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“Chinatown SeaPunk”

Location: Chinatown, Manchester Piccadilly /Photographer: Thamanna Choudhury

Camera used: NIKON D5100/The camera on my phone

November 2015

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“Chinatown SeaPunk”

Location: Chinatown, Manchester Piccadilly /Photographer: Thamanna Choudhury

Camera used: NIKON D5100/The camera on my phone

November 2015

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I know, I know, I barely ever post anything, but trust me when I say that I have been grafting away.

So over the next week (or so) I’ll be showing you six parts of my project called “Chinatown Sea Punk“.

The brief was pretty simple, we were instructed to join into a little group and to pick a square on a gridded map – and we chose the square that held Chinatown – and the rest was up to us!

I was going for a 90’s shoddy editing on MS Paint vibe – like early technology, when digital photography was fairly new and not so great. I shot a lot of sea food, fresh fish, packaged fish ect, as well as the people in the streets. And then I collaged them together with fun hues and a title which read’s “Sea Punk” in a vague fish shape.

Location: Chinatown, Manchester Piccadilly /Photographer: Thamanna Choudhury

Camera used: NIKON D5100/The camera on my phone

November 2015

Creative selfie. 1

It’s the summer holidays, and I’ve posted nothing. I haven’t been shooting as much, but what I have shot includes mostly family so they wouldn’t be comfortable with me sharing, so neither would I, for that same reason.

I have also been busy with a number of other projects – creating a ‘Beards 2.0’ book, writing my novel and also preparing for my move to Manchester, but mostly just lazying about and playing Fable on the Xbox (let’s be honest)

I’m transferring universities, but starting again from first year, because starting from second year would have been a very lonely situation.

The brief for my summer project, was to create a “creative selfie” – following selfie culture and exploring how a selfies differ from a self portrait, whilst simultaneously getting an image to say something about you. This brief, admittedly, is very similar to my last years summer project (which you can find if you look back a bunch of posts). I found this difficult last time, and again difficult this time – I find the idea of having to have to explain or describe myself, terrifying and incredibly daunting so creating this in picture form is equally as bad. I can’t take a selfie unless I’m feeling good about myself on the day, but that can’t really say anything about me, because that gives the perception that I always feel good about myself, or that I always look good.

The set up for this was very simple, I had my camera on a tripod and a studio light w/ soft-box to the right to create some decent and consistent lighting for each shot. I left this set up in my room, and whenever I could be bothered I would take a couple pictures of myself, regardless of how I looked. I then chose my four most successful shots and pieced them together, like so. Initially the aim was for it to be very neat and separate and clean, but as I was photoshopping the pieces together, I realised that wasn’t me – I’m a little bit messy and rough around the edges.

There are four separate images merged together here:

1. During Ramadan, after suhoor (a meal before sunrise) and fujr (the first prayer). My eyes are heavy, my lips are chapped, my skin is dry and my scarf is a mess.

2. A couple days after Eid, but just after a late Eid celebration. I’ve just gotten home, it’s maybe 1am, but my make-up is still looking on point, I’m dressed glam a f, and I feel great about that.

3 . I just finished filming a video for my Youtube channel, my make-up was pretty natural but still looked on point (aka how I pretend I am on a normal day). I was drinking water from my fav cup and playing on the DS, and thought I may as well take a shot whilst the camera was ready and in front of my face.

4. idek. It’s maybe 11pm, my brother is sitting on his bed next to me, I always have paints and brushes ready for me to play with, this time I play with the colours on my face – no actual reason, but maybe this says something about me.

Looking at the final picture, you can’t quite separate each image within, and that’s kind of the point, I’m a whole bunch of things, It doesn’t make me “fake” or “two-faced” to have more than just one layer to my personality and the way that I present myself. I am not one thing, or another thing, I’m a cluster of emotions and actions, and trying to get that in one selfie kind of seemed impossible, which Is why I went this route.

I’m going to call this, “I am Banarn” or “Inconsistent me”

I’m getting increasingly anxious about explaining this during our introductions at uni.

Subject & Photographer: Thamanna Choudhury

Camera used: NIKON D5100

July/August 2015